Nigerian Ogbono Soup :How to Cook Ogbono Soup (draw soup)

How to Cook Ogbono Soup , draw soup

Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup, is a popular Nigerian soup recipe made with Ogbono Seeds(wild African bush mango seeds). This is one of the first soup given to kids when trying to introduce them to Nigerian soups.

Ogbono soup has a mucilaginous (slimy) texture, similar to okra soup. I like to cook mine with vegetables,and sometimes combine it with melon(egusi) seeds to get what is called Ogbono with Egusi soup. But it is also common to see Ogbono soup cooked without vegetables. So whatever choice you make, here's an easy recipe for you to try...Enjoy.

**video recipe here

Ogbono Soup ingredients

•  2 handful of Ogbono Seeds OR 3 handful ground Ogbono powder
• Assorted Meat and Fish: (could be a mixture of any of these :Beef, cowfoot, Shaki(tripe),Ponmo(cow skin)
DryFish  & Stock Fish)
• 2-3 Cooking spoonful Palm Oil
• Vegetable :Spinach OR Pumpkin leaves(ugu) OR Bitter leaf(onugbu)..or a mixture of bitter leaf and Ugwu 

•Crayfish(as you like it)
•1 Onion bulb

•2 stock cubes (seasoning cubes)
•Chilli Pepper or scotch bonnet(atarodo) (to taste)
• salt (to taste)

Cooking Directions for  Ogbono Soup
**If you bought Whole ogbono seeds, Grind them thoroughly using a dry mill or a good  blender or coffee grinder.
** Wash, season and cook the assorted meat, dry fish & stock fish with onions, stock cube and salt to taste.Cook until tender.
**Slice the vegetables,Grind the pepper and set aside

Now to cook the  Ogbono Soup...

 * Heat up the red palm oil in a clean dry pot until hot. You can add minced onions if you like(adding onions is optional).

*Now, put off the heat and add the ground Ogbono into the hot oil. 

Dissolve the ogbono by pressing with the back of your spoon and stirring constantly .

ogbono soup recipe  draw soup preparation
*Now, put back on low heat, add a little water or meat stock, and leave to boil for a minute. You will  notice that it has become thicker and has a slimy  texture(it has started to ''draw'') .

nigerian ogbono soup preparation

*Add more of the meat stock or water and leave to boil for 10 minutes; Stir the soup constantly so that it does not burn at the bottom. 
Then add the cooked dry fish, stock fish, assorted meat , stock cube, pepper, the ground crayfish and salt to taste. 
ogbono soup preparation

  Mix well , cover and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, you should check on it and stir the soup constantly to prevent burning.

*At this stage , you will notice the change in the aroma of the soup. Stir and add the shredded spinach or ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves

cooking nigerian ogbono soup
Simmer for 1-2 minute and put of the heat.Now your Ogbono soup is ready.
ogbono soup, draw soup
Ogbono soup is usually served hot with any Nigerian bolus meal, such as Eba, Fufu, Pounded Yam, Tuwo Masara, Wheat meal or Semolina...Enjoy!

Other Related Recipes

* Bitter leaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu) 
* Nigerian Beef Stew
* Banga Soup : Urhobo Isoko Banga Soup Recipe
* Nigerian Chicken Stew
* How to Cook Okazi Soup (Ukazi Soup)
* Obe Ata Dindin : Nigerian Fried Pepper Stew
* How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup 
* Nigerian Tomato Stew(Vegan Stew)
* How to Cook Afang Soup
* Nigerian Pepper Soup
* Nigerian Ogbono Soup :How to Cook Ogbono  Soup
* Nigerian Fish Stew (Obe Eja Tutu) 
 * How to Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup(Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)

By Nky Lily Lete


  1. Kemi Olaobaju9:15:00 AM

    Kudos for a good job. God bless you for taking it upon yourself to show us all these mouth-watering delicacies. Already salivating!

  2. Anonymous8:22:00 PM

    Cann u add okpei

    1. Yes you can add ogiri okpei :)

  3. Anonymous6:44:00 AM

    well done now i can try cooking at home and stop eating outside mama pot

    1. Exactly dearie, I'm glad to be of help :)

  4. Anonymous8:56:00 AM

    Can you add coco yam? And if so, at what point of the cooking process and how should I put it in? Also, thank you for the recipes, they have been a hit with the family. :)

    1. Cocoyam in ogbono soup? I haven't tried or heard of this combo before, why not save the cocoyam for bitter leaf soup. I don't think it will dissolve well in ogbono soup.
      Thanks for your lovely feedback hun :)

  5. Anonymous6:23:00 PM

    Beautiful ,, I love this , right now am going to cook ogbono soup.

  6. Anonymous12:03:00 AM

    Hello dear thanx for d recipe,but u dnt cover ogbono soup while cooking so it won't loss its elasticity

    1. That's what we are told, but it has been tried and tested and it's not really true dearie.

  7. Anonymous2:25:00 AM

    Ok if u say so,I ll try covering it next tym,bt if my soup spoil na yawa

    1. LOL.. don't worry you'll see how great it will come out. Make sure you buy good ogbono seeds, because the old ones does not ''draw'' that much .

  8. Anonymous5:14:00 PM

    what makes the ogbono soup red in colour

    1. red? this ogbono is not red in colour, maybe the one you saw has too much oil in it.

  9. Anonymous9:43:00 AM

    Pls,I sincerely appreciate you but if want to use egusi and ogbono,how do I go about it.that's what I wana prepare now..waiting for your reply

  10. Great post dear, you rock and kill it. Tnks

  11. Anonymous4:38:00 PM

    Nice recipe...actually am always scared to cook ogbono cos d first time I tried it, it was a disaster nd since den I never liked it but this time am going to make my own ogbono with your own style....great job

    1. thanks and I'm sure you will get it right and enjoy it , with this recipe.

    2. What if I don't have red oil, what other option do I have, can I use groundnut oil n tomatoes?

    3. A lot of folks use that, so feel free to do the same, but be aware that you won't get that unique taste that palm oil gives to our traditional soups :)

  12. Anonymous9:43:00 PM

    Just tried your ogbono recipe. Turned out awesome. Thanks!

  13. Not only are you a great teacher but you are the most polite lady who takes her time to reply to every post. I sincerely appreciate your help. Thank you. And trust me you are a life saver

    1. Thanks Oyinda, you are so sweet, hope to see more of you here :)

  14. Anonymous4:36:00 PM

    Tanks a lot for showing concern to our bellies, ma'm. My area of concern has always bn d startn.i put d oil into d pot first, let it loosen up nd den I put n d grind ogbono to fry after which I put n d stock water nd all oda sorts but only to realize dat d elasticity m awaitnisnt forth comn. lol...I den tnk dat mayb I put n too much oil for d quantity of ogbono I put n it. So my question s ds, s there n actulay quantity of red oil required for a specific amount of ogbono or as much oil as ur heart desires? lol... but jokes apart, pls. I rily nid help here. I don't dey embaras myself 4 kitchen.

    1. LOL.. Don,t worry, we have all experienced some cooking fails too.
      One thing you should kno dearie is that,there should be moderation in everything you use, so next time use the amount of palm oil as directed in the recipe.
      But that aside, always make sure to use fresh ogbono, because ogbono can also lose its viscosity if it has been ground and left sitting in your cupboard for months and make sure you don't fry it too much before adding the stock, cos it can also get burnt and lose its''draw draw '' factor naa :)

  15. Just finished reading. Its time to practice what I just read. So help me God.

  16. Anonymous7:18:00 PM

    I ve never cooked ogbono in m'y life my hubby always do the cooking wen it comes to 9ija soupe coz i am not from 9ija but like to learn .so its been a wk i sais to mystère lf enough is enough i sent on all the sites checkin .hubby wasnt convinced i can do it .so he did all the grinding n i did the cooking but he never let my side he funny part of it is he kept asking so wat nextt n now wat do we do coz i was following ur method .guess wat the soup is yammlycious even hubby surrenderd i am so happy n proud of myself .thank u sooo sooo Much iam looking forward to make more soups.i woulent have done it wthout ur guidlines

    1. Aww, you just made my day with your lovely feedback.
      Keep me updated on any other soups you cook.
      Keep it up dearie :)

  17. Anonymous7:19:00 PM

    Just tried it wonderful i am so happy tht i did it even hubby was si happy we dis it together following Ur own wat

    1. Thanks hun, for your lovely feedback :)

  18. Hello, your blog is lovely! i love ogonna! do i have to peel the ogbonna seeds before milling?

  19. I just made this soup this morning and it turned out really well!! I am SO proud of myself. Aunty, thank you for this recipe. It was very easy to follow and I'm sure that when I make it again it will be even better. I used cow leg, turkey leg, stock fish, and fresh tilapia. I love the way my apartment smells. I sent pics of my finished product to my aunts in Naija and received a couple of "nne well done. you are trying!" lol. I do think the recipe asks for too much sodium but it didn't ruin the dish. I will definitely reduce the amount the next time, but everything else will remain the same. SO proud of this dish. Can't wait for my guy to try it.


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